CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine asked all counties to put out guidance by Jan. 14 on how it plans to vaccinate people for COVID-19 who qualify for the vaccine.
It began Jan. 19 with those 80 years of age and older.
Rollout plans will vary greatly based on a county’s size.
Some counties will require an online registration, some will have a call center and some may not require registration at all.
Some will have mass vaccination clinics at hospitals, some will have appointment-based clinics and some may choose a drive-thru option.
There are over 1,200 providers selected to be distributors all across the state and each will work with their county board of health to get the vaccine in the arms that need it most.
Ohio just launched a new centralized sign-up website that is working to make it the only place you will need to use to track down the vaccine.
Gov. DeWine said he would require all 1,200 location to link their appointments into this new site, although he could not say how many of the major pharmacies have done so at this time.
It was announced, by the director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) Brian Kimball, that Cleveland residents will need to register with the city of Cleveland and not Cuyahoga County.
Cleveland residents who register with the county will have their entries denied.
Here’s a link to every county and Cleveland:
- Cuyahoga County
- Cleveland Department of Public Health
- Summit County
- Stark County
- Medina County (Residents need to call 330-723-9688, ext. 243 to book their appointment and to find out where to go to receive the vaccine.)
- Lake County
- Lorain County
- Erie County
- Geauga County (You may also call 440-279-1940 for recorded instructions on how to register.)
- Ashtabula County
- Portage County
- Trumbull County
- Ashland County
- Wayne County
- Huron County
- Sandusky County
- Seneca County
- Richland County
Your best bet to get an appointment may not be through the county board of health listed above.
The vaccine has also been sent to 750 pharmacies and clinics around the state.
Each location is handling sign-ups differently.
Below is a link to every location, and their contact information giving out the vaccine in Ohio to those who qualify.
The frustrations being felt by many in Ohio are not unique to the state.
Because of a lack of vaccine supply many states are facing the same problems.
Some states have chosen to have mass vaccination clinics, instead of sending small batches to several hundred clinics, hospitals and pharmacies.
To help understand the issues, Dr. Jewel Mullen MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Health Equity at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke with reporter Dan DeRoos.